Beach Tennis USA is scheduled to hold the second West Coast event of its 2007 National Tour Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, in Santa Monica.

The “Santa Monica Madness” will be held on the beach at 2030 Barnard Way, Parking Lot 4S.

It is the second of four Southern California events comprising the Beach Tennis USA SoCal Points Series, which will also showcase the new hybrid sport in Santa Barbara and Long Beach.

On Saturday, June 23rd, preliminary qualifying play for both the men’s and women’s pro divisions is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with elimination rounds beginning Sunday, June 24th, at 10 a.m.

The men’s and women’s pro finals are scheduled to take place Sunday at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. There will be free instructional play all weekend, with balls and racquets provided courtesy of Head and Penn, official equipment suppliers of Beach Tennis USA.

Southern California’s best beach tennis talent is expected to compete for a $1,000 first-place prize, as well as series points, organizers say.

At the conclusion of the “SoCal Series Slam” July 21st and 22nd in Long Beach, the team with the most series points will win a cash bonus, plus a guaranteed spot in the 2007 National Beach Tennis Championship in Long Beach, New York September 1st and 2nd.

Currently, Ken Kuperstein and Mike Fedderly, both of Palm Desert, lead the men’s Pro division with 1,700 points, while San Diego’s Gretchen Magers and Lindsey Buechler lead the women’s Pro division with 1,400 points.

Beach tennis, which was launched in the U.S. as a pro and recreational sport in 2005 by real estate developer Marc Altheim, is a hybrid sport that combines tennis and beach volleyball into one fast-paced game.

Played on a regulation beach volleyball court, two players on each team use standard tennis racquets to hit a depressurized tennis ball back and forth over the net without letting it hit the sand.

Players wishing to compete in any of the Southern California events can register online at www .beachtennisusa.net/.

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